A novel recombinant human collagen-based flowable matrix for chronic lower limb wound management: First results of a clinical trial

Itay Wiser, Eran Tamir, Hanna Kaufman, Elad Keren, Shalom Avshalom, Doron Klein, Lior Heller, Eyal Shapira

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Abstract

Background. Chronic ulcers pose a significant health concern and economic burden. Numerous products, including animal-derived collagen products, have been designed to provide the injured site with a biocompatible structural matrix that promotes tissue regeneration. Yet, animal-derived collagens can evoke immune responses, bear risk of disease transmission, and fail to closely mimic the function of native collagen. Objective. This study aims to assess the safety and performance of a novel flowable wound matrix, formulated from tobacco plant-purified fibrillated recombinant human type I collagen (rhCollagen), in patients with chronic lower limb ulcers. Materials and Methods. This single-arm, open-label, multicenter trial took place at 5 treatment centers. Wounds were photographed and preliminary surgical debridement was performed prior to rhCollagen application. Patients received a single application of rhCollagen to the wound bed, followed by weekly assessments of the wound. Results. Twenty patients (mean age, 63 years), presenting with a chronic ulcer of neuropathic (45%), posttraumatic (35%), postoperative (10%), and venous (10%) origin, underwent rhCollagen treatment. Initial wound area ranged between 0.2 cm3 to 9.2 cm3. At 4-weeks posttreatment, median wound area reduction was 94%. Fifteen ulcers exhibited 70% wound closure, 9 of which achieved complete closure. Only 1 participant suffered a local self-resolving wound infection. No significant device-related adverse events were reported throughout the study. Conclusions. A single, easy-to-use rhCollagen flowable gel application for chronic lower limb ulcers may promote wound closure with minimal adverse events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalWounds
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Chronic ulcer
  • Clinical trial
  • Granulation tissue
  • Lower limb
  • Recombinant human collagen
  • Wound dressing
  • Wound management

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